Why Global Citizens Should Care
The Cisco Youth Leadership Award recognizes and uplifts extraordinary people around the world who are making a positive contribution towards ending poverty and its root causes in their own communities. Join the movement to help end extreme poverty by taking action here.

Editor's note: This reward has now closed, but you can tune in to Global Citizen Prize from Dec. 19 to find out which of the remarkable Cisco Youth Leadership Award finalists has won. You can find global listings for Global Citizen Prize here.

This December, Global Citizen Prize is back, to celebrate extraordinary people around the world who have taken action this year to support the most vulnerable people in the world, against a backdrop of unprecedented global challenges. 

One of the prize categories is the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award, which honors young activists who are taking action to uplift people in their communities and make the world a better place. 

With the three finalists now announced, we’ve launched a public vote to help decide who will be the ultimate winner, and receive $250,000 in funding to support their organization’s efforts. 

South African icon Bonang Matheba, along with Global Citizen Prize host John Legend, is helping amplify the efforts of the Cisco Youth Leadership Award finalists — by offering a personalized gift hamper to one lucky Global Citizen

Although this is Matheba’s first time being involved with the award season, it’s not her first time working with Global Citizen. Matheba joined Global Citizen last year to urge the South African government to commit $58 million toward ending period poverty and providing girls with the resources they need to stay in school.

To earn a chance to receive Matheba’s reward, Global Citizens can learn about the three amazing finalists who are pushing the fight to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 forward — and then choose who you think should win. 

Finalist Ryan Gersava is the founder and president of Virtualahan, a social enterprise in the Philippines that provides digital skills training for people who are typically excluded from the job market because of their health or life circumstances. 

Another finalist, Suhani Jalota, is the founder and CEO of Myna Mahila Foundation. Her foundation has produced more than 110,000 sanitary pads for women, and delivered them to 550,000 women in 15 slum communities in Mumbai.

And last but not least, Christelle Kwizera is the founder and managing director of Water Access Rwanda, a social enterprise that provides poorer African communities with safe and affordable water that is easy to access.

You can read more about the finalists, and choose who you think should win to be entered into the prize draw for Matheba’s personalized gift hamper, here

Join Global Citizen in December 2020 to celebrate the leaders among us who have stepped up against a backdrop of unprecedented global challenges to take action for the world we want — a world that is fair, just, and equal.

The broadcast and digitally streamed award ceremony will also feature inspirational stories of human strength and unforgettable performances that will bring together artists, activists, and global leaders to remind each of us that, together, we will come out of this year stronger. Find out more about the Global Citizen Prize here


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Bonang Matheba's Giving a Personalized Hamper to One Lucky Global Citizen

By Khanyi Mlaba